Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as for his major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He coined many familiar words and phrases, including the celebrated 'suspension of disbelief'. He was a major influence, via Emerson, on American transcendentalism.

He wrote the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner referenced by Mal, the Operative, and Inara in this section of Serenity

"That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship. She is an albatross, Captain."

"Way I remember it, albatross was a ship's good luck, 'til some idiot killed it."

"Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint."[1]


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